Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles are Japan's newest team, formed after the 2004 season as part of the settlement that ended limited players strikes by keeping the Pacific League at six teams after the Orix Buffaloes were formed from the merger of the Orix BlueWave and Kintetsu Buffaloes. The team won its only pennant in 2013, when Masahiro Tanaka went 24-0 and was named PL MVP. Manager: Hajime Miki, 1st year2020 Finish: 3rd. Lost to the SoftBank Hawks in the first stage of the PL playoffs. Former Manager's record: Yosuke Hiraishi The Eagles have been the step-children of internet shopp

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